Bella Sims Moves To #4 All-Time In 15-16 200 Free Ranks With 1:58.00


Three young swimmers in the women’s 200 free semifinals at Olympic Trials moved up the all-time age group ranks, led by Bella Sims‘ 1:58.00.

Sims is now #4 in age group history behind three absolute legends: Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Dagny Knutson.

The Sandpipers of Nevada 16-year-old went 1:58.00 in the second semifinal. That was a drop of more than a full second – Sims went a career-best 1:59.16 just to get into the semifinals this morning.

One heat before her, 16-year-old Erin Gemmell of Nation’s Capital went 1:58.67. That would have moved Gemmell up from #11 to #9 all-time in age group history, but she drops to #10 with Sims’ swim.

Also out of that first semifinal, Cavan Gormsen went a career-best 1:59.79. Gormsen hit 2:00.00 on the nose earlier this year, so this was her first swim under two minutes. That puts Gormsen into a tie for #23 all-time in the age group’s history. Gormsen actually scratched into this final after taking 18th this morning.

USA Swimming: Top 200 Freestylers All-Time, 15-16 Girls

  1. Missy Franklin (2011) – 1:55.06
  2. Katie Ledecky (2013) – 1:56.32
  3. Dagny Knutson (2009) – 1:57.73
  4. Bella Sims (2021) – 1:58.00
  5. Claire Tuggle (2019) – 1:58.21
  6. Sippy Woodhead (1979) – 1:58.23
  7. Quinn Carrozza (2010) – 1:58.31
  8. Chelsea Chenault (2010) – 1:58.52
  9. Jasmine Tosky (2010) – 1:58.54
  10. Erin Gemmell (2021) – 1:58.67
  11. Katie Drabot (2014) – 1:58.73

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1 month ago

Cynthia Woodhead would also be a legend, give her a new suit and 40 years worth of training updates and her time would be….?

1 month ago

If she can get past Dagny’s time tomorrow she might have a chance for a Top 6 and maybe a relay spot.
Good Luck tomorrow.

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